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I've rarely l loitered in the fish sections of grocery stores. It's not that I don't like fish; it's that C. doesn't, so there's rarely little reason for me to keep it in the house. I didn't grow up with a heavy fish quotient to my diet. I eat it at restaurants mostly. But yesterday, C. wasn't going to be home for dinner, and I was at the grocery store anyways and thinking some smoked fillets of something would be tasty.

My local Sainsbury has three or four shelves' worth of kinds of prepared mackerel. I had no idea. It strikes me as a more British fish, at least in this profusion of varieties, but never having been much of a fish-buyer in any other country, I am hardly one to compare. Unsmoked. Smoked. With honey. With a chile glaze. Cheaper varieties. Pricier varieties. De-boned. There were token numbers of other prepared fish products, from rollmops to sandwich-square salmon. Nothing, compared to the dominance of mackerel.

I am inexperienced in the ways of mackerel, so happy to go along with its accompanying instructions. While it grilled, I considered alternatives to peppery watercress-and-grapefruit salad. This is how I came to feast on grilled, smoked mackerel on a bed of cucumber dressed with gently fruity-sour passionfruit vinegar and a sprinkling of enlivening chile flakes.

Poor C. He had to make do with a late-night rushed pizza; not that he would have appreciated the fish anyway.



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Mar. 31st, 2011 02:12 pm (UTC)
I've been working on the piscophobic lemur but I doubt I'll ever get her to eat mackerel; certainly not the dubious mackerel one can get in Toronto. She will eat quite a wide variety of fish and other seafood now though.
Mar. 31st, 2011 02:38 pm (UTC)
Having grilled fish tonight too. Marinaded the fillet yesterday...and seriously can't remember what I bought but it was expensive and didn't have bones. Can't stand bones in my fish. I'm lazy. Going to surprise my distraction, so waiting for him to get home so I can start. Probably shouldn't wait since the wee one adores fish too!
Mar. 31st, 2011 02:43 pm (UTC)

After having typed my comment, I realised that I have now started a return to the Queen's English, but am not yet there. And may never quite get there!
Mar. 31st, 2011 02:44 pm (UTC)
mashed on toast with slices of cucumber is pretty nice.
Mar. 31st, 2011 02:52 pm (UTC)
Grilled whole, on a stick, et with little wooden two-pronged (tined is not the word for these things) "forks" with half a Maß and a large pretzel. It is the ultimate in mackerel eating. Peel back the skin, pick one side clean, flip over, peel back the skin, eat the other side.

Found at most southern German Plärrer and fests.
Mar. 31st, 2011 03:06 pm (UTC)
Smoked mackerel pate, with cottage cheese, lemon, pepper and nutmeg. Yum.
Mar. 31st, 2011 03:09 pm (UTC)
Whole (gutted) mackerel stuffed with chopped onion, tomato, Mediterranean herbs, salt, pepper, olive oil and then wrapped in foil and baked in the oven or barbecued, is lovely.
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